It was a groundbreaking Wednesday more than a year in the making.
The expansion behind Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing Township is finally underway after years of delays.
The plan is to build 124 upscale luxury apartments to create a "24-7 community," according to DTN Management developers.
The apartments will surround a 5,000 square foot courtyard with features like hot tubs, fire pits, and grilling areas which can be used year-round.
"We're trying to put in a lifestyle where you can actually walk to the grocery store, walk and go to the movies," said Raji Uppal, vice president of DTN Management.
"This is truly going to be a place where you can live, work, and play."
Lansing Township Planning Director Steve Hayward hopes the "live, work, and play" mantra translates into an economic boost for the area.
"It adds a lot of buying power having luxury apartments on the property of Eastwood," Hayward said. "It adds to the vibrancy of the retail, it adds to the theater and it provides 24-hours-a-day eyes on the street so it becomes a lot more vibrant."
Shoppers at Eastwood seem to agree.
"Building where there's already development means you're able to support the area and you don't have to continually expand farther out," said one woman shopping Wednesday.
"I think it would just increase business," said another shopper. "Traffic wouldn't be a problem."
DTN said they expect the project to have a $23 million economic impact on the area while creating more than 300 jobs.
Hayward said the demand for more apartments is there.
"We've had requests for 10 years saying when are you going to have apartments or condos so I can live where I spend all of my time," he said.
Developers hope to have the project completed by late next year.
"The Vista at the Heights" will also include office and retail space along with two new hotels.
Pricing for the apartments has not been released yet.